5 Easy Summer Dinner Recipes

5 Easy Summer Dinner Recipes

Tired of rotating the same dishes over and over again for dinner each week? Try out one, or all, of these five recipes. They’re sure to spice up dinner time for the summer.

 

Lemon caper chicken on a plate

Lemon Caper Chicken

This tasty recipe consists of zesty lemon, an array of spices and capers that all work together to flavor the chicken breasts. With a prep time of 15 minutes and only nine minutes to cook, this dinner for three will be ready in no time.

 

 

Mango-BBQ fish tacos in a basket

Mango-BBQ fish tacos from http://www.midwestliving.com/recipe/mango-barbecue-fish-tacos/

Mango-Barbecue Fish Tacos

Looking for a recipe that adds some sweetness to your summer? This fish taco recipe combines the flavors of fruit and barbecue sauce to create a sweet and savory fish taco dinner for four.

 

 

 

 

 

Tuna salad on a sandwich

Fresh Herb Tuna Salad

Summer means days full of activities and adventures. With this quick and easy recipe, dinner for two will be ready in about 15 minutes. With herbs and curry powder, your tuna salad is sure to have that summer kick it needs.

 

 

Chicken Cobb Salad

From start to finish, this easy and healthy recipe only takes 30 minutes. With a rotisserie chicken, your salad is sure to be just as delicious and easy as it would be if you were dining out.

 

Bowls of ham florentine soup

Ham florentine soup from http://www.midwestliving.com/recipe/pork/ham-florentine-soup/

Ham Florentine Soup

Are you a lover of greens in your dinner? This healthy soup combines your favorite greens along with ham and other veggies to give you a creamy and delicious soup that the whole family’s sure to love.

 

 

 

 

Next time you’re in a hurry or are looking for a quick dinner after a long day, give one of these dishes a try. Don’t feel like cooking? Let Market Table do the cooking for you! Stop by for our fully prepared meals, like our fresh Sesame Chicken Salad or our low-carb, family-friendly Chicken Enchilada Casserole. They’re sure to give your summer the kick of flavor it needs.

World Cup Party Recipes

World Cup Party Recipes

Like the Summer and Winter Olympics, the World Cup only happens every four years. That means major media coverage, lots of buzz on social media, and a global unification over one thing: the love of soccer. Like soccer, food brings people together. What better way to celebrate this global sport than with winning dishes from the top teams’ home countries? These World Cup party recipes will take your tastebuds on a thrilling trip around the world.

 

portugal filos

Portugal: Filos

These Portuguese doughnuts are deep fried to a golden perfection and topped with a light dusting of powdered sugar. Although these are a holiday delicacy, the World Cup is a justified reason to whip up this tasty treat.

 

 

 

Spain: The Ultimate Paellapaella

Here’s a surf and turf you don’t have to go to a fancy restaurant to get. This recipe is packed with chicken, chorizo, and plenty of seafood. As if that’s not enough, you’ll enjoy the slightly charred crust at the bottom of your paella, called socarrat.

 

 

 

bitterballen

Netherlands: Bitterballen

Bitterballen is super popular amongst the Dutch. This savory snack is a combination of meat, beef broth, spices, and more. The bite-sized meatballs are then covered in breadcrumbs and deep fried to perfection. Deep fried balls of meat? That’s not something you see every day (although you really should!).

 

 

Mexico: Red Chilaquiles with Chicken

Mexico beating Germany, the defending World Cup champions, is not something you see every day, either. Although their Cinderella run may be over, our neighbors on the southern border deserve their props. What better way than with this delish recipe? Or, if you’re in a rush, try our fully prepared Low Carb Chicken Enchilada Casserole — just thaw, cook, and serve!

 

 

sake

Japan: Grapefruit, Ginger, and Lemongrass Sake Cocktail

If you’re a rice-lover then you’ll love this cocktail. Maybe because Sake is an alcoholic beverage made by rice fermenting. This drink’s perfect for toasting to a good match. With all the vitamin C and ginger, this drink’s also perfect for the common cold.

 

 

Try these five recipes from around the world, and you’ll have an international food fest that will score major points with all your friends.

 

Text by Kendal Harris

How to Throw the Best 4th of July Cookout with Kids

How to Throw the Best 4th of July Cookout with Kids

Fourth of July cookouts are one of the best ways to make fun out of the summer heat. There’s no better way to bring people together than with food. Whether you’re at the beach, the pool, or in your own backyard, consider incorporating these elements into your 4th of July cookout party.

Cooking on grill.Cook on the Grill

There’s a certain smoky aroma associated with the 4th of July, and it isn’t the smell of your uncle burning his eyebrows with cheap fireworks. Nothing beats being outside while the air is filled with the fragrence of food grilling over a fire. Cooking on the grill is key to throwing the best 4th of July party. The menu wouldn’t be the same without authentically grilled hot dogs and burgers.

 

Fire PitHot dogs over fire pit.

If you are throwing a party with both kids and adults, you might want to try splitting up the menu accordingly. Kids love burgers and hot dogs, but the adults might prefer something a bit more special. One great idea is to light a fire pit for the kids. Give them skewers so that they can grill their own hot dogs. While this does require supervision, your kids will have a blast — and learn a little about cooking, too.

 

Smoked ribs.Branch Out with Your Menu

For the adults, you might want to try one of our premium cuts of steak. We also offer a variety of prepared sides, including summer BBQ classics like potato salad and pasta salad. Best of all, our pre-prepared meals give you more time to spend with your family. You could also consider adding in a shrimp boil. These are fun, tasty and they look amazing spread out on tables! Add a personal flare to your menu with different 4th of July recipe ideas.

 

Don’t Forget the SweetsWatermelon slices.

The most important sweet treat of this holiday isn’t a dessert at all—it’s watermelon! Watermelon is the best summer fruit. Its slight sweetness is not too overpowering for the summer heat, making it perfect for your cookout. Another key sweet treat you must include in your cookout is banana pudding. This classic dish is served cold, which makes it apt for the hot summer months. It’s also a fan favorite amongst the kids.

 

Ice cream machine.Make Your Own Ice Cream

As if banana pudding and watermelon aren’t enough, we have one more dessert option for you. There’s something special about the taste of homemade vanilla ice cream. Buying an affordable ice cream machine and putting your kids to work is a great way to enjoy this great taste while keeping your kids occupied and having a blast. To top it off, set up a topping bar so that guests can customize their homemade ice cream bowls.

Text by Martha Kendall Custard

5 Cocktails to Try This Summer

5 Cocktails to Try This Summer

Looking for something to replace the classic margarita this summer? Want to go beyond the average strawberry daiquiri? These five cocktails are the perfect fix to spice up your life while keeping you cool this summer.

 

Sour watermelon slushies with watermelon slicesBoozy Sour Watermelon Slushies

Are you a fan of Sour Patch Watermelons? If so, this is the drink for you. With the mixture of Sour Patch Watermelons soaked in vodka, lemonade and sprite, these booze-filled slushies are sure to be a hit at your next cookout.

 

Rum Sunset

This sunset-themed drink puts a spin on the classic Tequila Sunrise with a little bit of rum. The beautiful combination of lime garnishes and an orange juice mixture will make you feel like you’re looking at a sunset.

 

Blackberry mojitos on wooden tableBlackberry Mojito

By adding blackberries to the mix, this sweet yet tarty drink adds a fruitful twist to your average mojito. The extra step required of this drink is to muddle blackberries in a bowl and add them on top of your mojito at the end.

 

Bahama mama on dark background

Bahama Mama

A fan favorite, Bahama Mamas are a must have this summer. The mixture of various tropical juices and flavored rums will make you feel like you’re in paradise in the comfort of your own backyard.

 

 

Strawberry FroséStrawberry frosé with flower garnish

This frozen strawberry drink is sure to be your go-to for the summer. Blending rosé, strawberries, vodka and ice, this slushy is sure to keep you cool and hydrated while lounging out by the pool.

 

 

With these delicious cocktails, there’s no need to resort to your average wine coolers this summer. Keep cool and relaxed this summer with these quick-and-easy cocktail recipes. They are sure to be a hit at your cookouts or by the pool.

3 Easy and Healthy Frozen Summer Treats

3 Easy and Healthy Frozen Summer Treats

With the kids out of school and summer in full swing, we put together a few healthy frozen treats to cool everyone down on any hot summer day. These treats are easy to make and utilize natural sugars and healthy sweeteners. Enjoy!

Frozen Strawberry Blend.

Strawberry Watermelon Homemade Popsicles

Homemade pops are a favorite healthy treat on those hot summer afternoons. The key to any good ice pop is the mold. You can find a popsicle mold just about anywhere, but we love Nopro’s ten-pop mold (Amazon, Walmart, Target). The pops look store bought and are easy to remove. For the strawberry watermelon pops, you need two cups of strawberries, two cups of watermelon and one the juice of one lemon. Combine all three ingredients in a blender and blend until they are liquified. Fill the molds and freeze for four to six hours. And there you have it – a sweet summer treat with only natural sugars. This will make 10 pops.

Healthy frozen Fruit Bark.

Frozen Yogurt Fruit Bark

Here’s another frozen treat to satisfy anyone’s sweet tooth. You will need a sheet pan that can fit in your freezer. We suggest lining it with wax paper before you begin for easy cleanup. Grab a large container of your favorite plain yogurt and mix it with a tablespoon of vanilla. Pour the yogurt directly on to the pan, evening it out slightly with a knife or spoon. Add fruit directly to the yogurt. Get creative with your combinations! Blackberries, raspberries and strawberries make a good combo as does kiwi, pineapple, blueberries and strawberries. Freeze the bark as-is for four to six hours. Slice and enjoy! For a fun twist, add granola and raisins or used flavored yogurt.

Easy Raspberry Sorbet.

Lemon Raspberry Sorbet

This easy sorbet recipe doesn’t even require an ice cream maker! Simply blend together one cup of frozen raspberries, one-half cup of water, and one-half tablespoon of lemon juice (add a bit more if you like it tart). As these are blending, slowly add up to one-third of a cup of raw honey. This will add a natural sweetness. Taste it regularly as it blends until you reach the desired flavor. Then freeze until the desired consistency is acquired. This only makes one serving but the recipe is easy to double (or triple!).

And there you have it: three quick, easy, and healthy desserts your whole family will love — even the picky eaters! Wondering what’s for dinner, now that dessert is covered? These frozen desserts are the perfect treat to complete a meal begun with one of our fully-prepared freezer meals or meal kits. The One Pan CBG (Chicken, Bacon, and Green Beans) meal kit and the Vegetarian Lasagna freezer meal are both staff family favorites.

Text by Amy Haupt

Laurel Mills on WBRC Fox 6 News!

Laurel Mills on WBRC Fox 6 News!

National Cheese Day may technically be over, but the celebration is never finished at Market Table. That’s why we’re happy to give you another chance to catch our CEO Laurel Mills talking about the wonders of a cheese platter on WBRC Fox 6 News.

You’re going to have some serious cravings after watching, but thankfully, we’ve got your back. At Market Table, every day is National Cheese Day.

Market Table Cheese Plate and Charcuterie Tray

 

Is Breakfast Really the Most Important Meal of the Day?

Is Breakfast Really the Most Important Meal of the Day?

You’ve heard it everywhere: from your mother to your doctor to TV nutritionists, everyone says that breakfast is the most important meal we eat. But what is the truth behind the claim? Is breakfast really the most important meal of the day?

Our research responded with a resounding yes!

Warm Farro and Fruit Bowl

It’s Good for Your Health — and Your Metabolism

When we wake up, our blood sugar levels are usually low. Breakfast resupplies our bodies with the nutrients needed to level out our blood sugars. In addition, breakfast kick-starts our metabolism. This, in turn, burns more calories throughout the day than if you didn’t eat breakfast. Studies actually show that people who eat a big, protein and carb-heavy breakfast are less likely to snack unhealthily throughout the day. This limits unhealthy fat intake and leads to a maintainable, healthier weight. Here at Market Table, we love to kick-start long days with our Breakfast Plate, featuring eggs, bacon or sausage, multi-grain toast and a side of greens tossed in our sweet and savory Maple Vinaigrette.

 

Avocado Toast

Breakfast Gives Your Body the Nutrients It Needs

Breakfast provides a great opportunity to load up on hard-to-get vitamins and nutrients like dairy, grains, fruits and protein. Look for whole grain breads and cereals and low-fat milk and yogurt as a healthy way to make your daily intake goals. Peanut butter is another way to get protein in your breakfast meal. Making a fruit smoothie with low-fat yogurt and fruit is a great light option for a filling breakfast. Not interested in making your own breakfast? We don’t blame you. For a hearty yet healthy treat packed with whole grains and fresh fruits, try our Warm Farro and Fruit Bowl. We also offer a delicious line-up of breakfast sandwiches. From Brie and Berries to an Egg Scramble to everyone’s favorite, Avocado Toast, our sandwiches provide the perfect balance of protein and whole grain to start your day on the sunny-side up.

 

Happy child eating a balanced breakfastBreakfast Makes You Smarter (Sort Of)

Eating a good, balanced breakfast boosts the body’s energy levels. This provides a clearer head and a longer and more focused attention span. This is an especially important factor for children. Kids who skip breakfast are more likely to misbehave and lack focus in a school setting. They may be cranky or restless because their bodies have not replenished themselves for the day. Kids eating a balanced breakfast see increased test scores and better overall moods. Not to mention, without breakfast it is hard for kids to get all the nutrients they need to grow at a healthy rate. And, with our à la carte menu, kids can choose the breakfast foods they like best from Fresh Fruit Salad to Pimento Cheese Grits to Gravel Ridge Farms eggs made exactly their way.

Spinach Artichoke and Goat Cheese Frittata

Breakfast is a crucial meal because it impacts every part of our lives from the moment we wake up and even through our sleep. Having a balanced and healthy diet has been shown to improve your night’s rest. And practicing healthy eating habits start with eating breakfast. The morning time when we’ve just woken up is when our bodies are most needing nutrients to start the day. It is also when our bodies are most capable of processing and absorbing nutrients that will limit our appetite for the rest of the day.

Tomorrow morning, skip the donuts and reach for the whole grain cereal and fruits. Head to Market Table for a fresh-baked Frittata or Prosciutto and Goat Cheese Croissant. And, if you’re in a rush, at least grab a whole grain protein bar. It is crucial to feed your body something within the first hour of waking up so that you can be at your best for the rest of the day.

It’s true what they say: breakfast really is the most important meal of the day.

 

Text by Amy Haupt

Food in Focus: What Is Aioli?

Food in Focus: What Is Aioli?

You may find yourself reading through the lists of strange-sounding words on a restaurant’s menu. One word that might pop up? Aioli. You might’ve heard that it’s similar to mayonnaise. But what is it, really? Aioli can be made many ways, all equally delicious.

Aioli Isn’t Just Mayonnaise

People tend to describe aioli as mayonnaise, but that’s not entirely true. Both sauces do contain similar ingredients: eggs, oil, and lemon juice. The difference lies in the way each sauce is made. First, mayonnaise is usually emulsified within a blender or food processor. Aioli, however, is traditionally made with pestle and mortar. When making aioli, chefs pound garlic into a paste. Then, they whisk the garlic paste along with egg yolks, lemon juice, and oil. The kind of oil makes a difference, too. While mayonnaise is made with canola oil, aioli is made with olive oil. The consistency of aioli can range from thick and paste-like to a creamy texture.

The History of Aioli

Aioli comes from the Mediterranean. Originally, aioli consisted of garlic salt ground into oil. In other regions, like France, cooks also added egg yolk and lemon juice. Current French aioli is closer to garlic mayonnaise than traditional aioli. The Spanish Catalan, however, don’t consider that true aioli. Instead, they only consider the eggless recipe to be aioli.

 

European Dishes That Include Aioli

Europeans traditionally serve aioli with fish or vegetables. The Spanish serve aioli with codfish and boiled vegetables like tomatoes, onions, and peppers. During the summer, they hold feasts where people bring their own fish and vegetables to dip into the host’s aioli. People in the Provence region of France celebrate a similar tradition. It’s called aioli monstre, or “grand aioli,” and it is, indeed, a grand celebration for foodies. Diners pile meats, fishes, and vegetables on their plate and then dip them in the aioli. Aioli is also a popular side dish during a French Christmas Eve dinner called the Gros Souper, or The Great Supper.

American Dishes That Include Aioli

In the United States, aioli is used as a catch-all term for flavored mayonnaise. This is especially true of garlic mayonnaise. In many fine dining restaurants, chefs use aioli on scallops and other seafood. Aioli can also be used as a spread on sandwiches in the US. Spanish food purists, however, would probably not consider this aioli. Still, the same basic ingredients ring true: cloves of garlic and canola oil.

You Can Make Your Own Version of Aioli

The main ingredient for today’s aioli? Creativity! Garlic and olive oil are the only constants in the recipe. You can add vegetables, like artichokes or beets. Or you can even add in meats, like fish or chicken. The best part is that aioli can be prepared well in advance of a meal. Wash and chop the ingredients, then put them in a food processor. And voila! You have a unique – and delicious! — dipping sauce for parties and other festivities. Serve up your aioli with steamed vegetables, meat, fish, or shellfish. A home-made aioli is a quick and easy way to add variety to left-overs, or create new and exciting flavor combinations along with prepared foods. For instance, this lemon-garlic aioli is delightful and delicious with Market Table’s pork tenderloin. Make orange peel aioli as a mouth-watering addition to Market Table’s smoked chicken. Finally, this savory jalapeño aioli adds just the right kind of spice to burgers and beef dishes, like our seared flank steak.

 

Text by Jonathon Page

The Whole Story About Whole30

The Whole Story About Whole30

You’ve probably seen posts about the Whole30 Diet circulating on social media. That’s because Whole30 encourages participants in the diet to share their stories. Not only does this keep them accountable, but it also helps them to find encouragement from fellow dieters. But what exactly is Whole30? And why is it all over your social media feeds?

 

Bowl of grilled chicken, asparagus, avocado, limeWhat Is Whole30?

This program revolves around 30 days of clean eating. The program promises that if you try clean eating for just 30 days, it’ll change your relationship with food. According to Whole30, certain foods negatively impact your mental and physical health. Some of these food include sugar, grains, dairy and legumes. So, rather than counting calories, you simply focus on eating foods that are good for your health.

 

What Can I Eat?

Tray of fresh root vegetables

There are pretty specific rules as to what you cannot eat. The number-one food group on the list is sugar, whether real or artificial — including substitutes like stevia and honey. The program also doesn’t allow for alcohol or tobacco. Grains, legumes, and dairy? Also not allowed. Don’t panic, though — that’s just for 30 days. If you feel stuck and unsure of what you can eat, Whole30 has a list of approved foods and brands, as well as their own meal plans.

 

What Are the Benefits?

This diet sounds a little extreme, but the program promises a vast variety of benefits. For one, it’s only 30 days to clean out your body and allow yourself to start fresh with a new mentality with food. After those 30 days, it’s not necessary to be as restrictive with your food choices, but you can keep the lessons learned from Whole30 in mind. Some of the benefits listed on Whole30’s website are weight loss, improvement to body composition, high energy levels, improved athletic performance, better sleep, improved focus andmental clarity, and a sunnier disposition.

 

Salad with chicken and tomatoes

If you’re struggling to get started on your Whole30 journey, you can try one of Market Table’s salads, Light Lunchboxes, or frittatas — just ask for it without cheese. We even have meal kits to help you cook healthy food at home. If you see anything else on the menu that looks good but doesn’t meet the Whole30 requirement, we can help you find a substitute.

Text by Katherine Polcari